Frequency and predictability effects in the Dundee Corpus: An eye movement analysis

Alan Kennedy*, Joel Pynte, Wayne S. Murray, Shirley-Anne Paul

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract / Description of output

Analyses carried out on a large corpus of eye movement data were used to comment on four contentious theoretical issues. The results provide no evidence that word frequency and word predictability have early interactive effects on inspection time. Contrary to some earlier studies, in these data there is little evidence that properties of a prior word generally spill over and influence current processing. In contrast, there is evidence that both the frequency and the predictability of a word in parafoveal vision influence foveal processing. In the case of predictability, the direction of the effect suggests that more predictable parafoveal words produce longer foveal fixations. Finally, there is evidence that information about word class modulates processing over a span greater than a single word. The results support the notion of distributed parallel processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-618
Number of pages18
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • SWIFT
  • CONSTRAINTS
  • Reading
  • Fixation duration
  • Gaze
  • Eye movements
  • SACCADE GENERATION
  • Z-READER MODEL
  • Corpus studies
  • WORD RECOGNITION
  • SENTENCE CONTEXT
  • DYNAMICAL MODEL
  • MULTIPLE-REGRESSION
  • FIXATION DURATIONS
  • SEMANTIC CONTEXT

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Frequency and predictability effects in the Dundee Corpus: An eye movement analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this